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Closet fire threatens Mayan Hotel

May 23, 2001|By DARREN SIMON, Staff Writer

A fire burned a closet and threatened the Mayan Hotel in El Centro's downtown before it was extinguished by city firefighters Tuesday.

The fire erupted shortly before 1:20 p.m. in a closet in the hotel at 595 State St., according to El Centro Fire Chief Charles Beard.

An individual in the hotel grabbed a fire extinguisher and managed to hold back flames as firefighters came to the scene.

Beard said by the time fire crews arrived the person in the hotel had the flames contained to the closet. Beard was unsure who the person was who fought the blaze.

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The individual was taken to the hospital by ambulance after suffering smoke inhalation. Information on the person's condition was unavailable this morning.

Beard added firefighters extinguished the blaze within five minutes and said there seemed to be little damage to the hotel.

Fire damage was limited to one room upstairs and there was smoke damage throughout the second floor.

There were no other injuries caused by the fire.

Beard said he was unsure what caused the fire at the Mayan, built in 1910. The blaze remained under investigation today.

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